Spire Four is the highest summit in the Cathedral Spires, and probably the most popular formation in the group. The view is spectacular, the rock is fantastic, the route unique, and the climbing superb. If you climb only one of the Cathedral Spires, this is the one to do.
Hike the Cathedral Spires trail around to the backside of the spires. Hike up the Gully between Spires 3 and 4. A short stretch of 4th class or possibly low 5th class leads to a high saddle between the spires - rope up if you feel uncomfortable.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spire Four:
Sprire Four 5.4 Trad, 2 pitches, 210 feet
The Great Northwest Dihedral 5.6 Trad, 4 pitches, 280 feet
West Gruesome 5.6 Trad, 2 pitches
South Tower Conn Route 5.9 Trad, Sport, 2 pitches
Hang a Right at Fourth Avenue 5.10b Trad, 2 pitches, 220 feet
two EX squared 5.12a Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 360 feet, Grade IV
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Hang a Right at Fourth Avenue 5.10b SD : Custer State Park : ... : Spire Four
Walk up the four - five gully as if you are going to Eyetooth. When you get with in view of Spire Four you will see a small roof about half way up on the south/southeast side. Climb a series of cracks and flakes to the small roof. At the roof climb out right to a hanging belay with chain anchors. Hence the name "Hang a Right at Fourth Avenue". From the anchor move to the right and catch the small seam that continues to grow into a larger crack as it goes up. Follow this to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in SD